Department of Nephrology, Hedi Chaker Hospital, Sfax, Tunisia.
The incidence of Kaposi sarcoma (KS) has substantially increased among immunocompromised patients, suggesting a role for immunosuppressive drugs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence, features, and outcome of KS among 307 kidney transplantation patients at our center between January 1994 and June 2010. During the study period, the 10 patients who developed KS (3.25%) showed a mean age at transplantation of 35.8 ± 8.7 years (range, 22 to 49 years). The mean interval between transplantation and occurrence of KS was 24.7 ± 21.36 months (range, 6 to 64 months). The mean time of antithymocyte globulin induction was 9.5 days (range, 6 to 13 days). KS was restricted to the skin in 7 cases, among which, one presented with associated Hodgkin lymphoma. Visceral involvement (one lung and one colon) was observed in two cases. One patient presented with a gastric KS without skin lesions. Immunosuppressive treatment was reduced, then withdrawn in three cases, resulting in regression of KS a few weeks later, but with graft loss requiring hemodialysis at 1, 3 and 4 months. Among the remaining 7 cases, we stopped mycophenalate mofetil (MMF) and switched from calcineurin inhibitors to sirolimus. Allograft function remained stable after the switch. Only one patient who already had allograft dysfunction due to biopsy-proven chronic allograft nephropathy. Deteriorated progressively, undergoing hemodialysis at 2 years after KS diagnosis. In conclusion, we observed a relatively high incidence of KS among our cases. The introduction of sirolimus resulted in complete regression of KS lesions with preserved graft function.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.